As the 2017 presidential and legislative elections approach, one Nimba County lawmaker is worried about the increasing number of candidates aspiring for the county’s electoral district #4 only representative seat.
Despite his worries, Representative Garrison Yealue told reporters at the House of Representatives’ reconciliatory retreat in Ganta recently that he is confident of being reelected because, he said, most of the aspirants vying for the position are not qualified to represent the district in the Legislature.
“All those who are vying for my position from my district are not qualified therefore, I am going to defeat them at the poll,” Rep. Yealue declared.
He said the House of Representatives is not a place where anyone can go to do business, adding, “operating a grocery, liquor shop or a general merchandise shop does not qualify you to be elected as representative, because in the Legislature one has to be informed and vocal on issues.”
Yealue believes that many of his challengers are business tycoons based in Ganta, the county’s commercial hub.
Nearly all the large towns and villages in electoral district #4 are putting forward a candidate for the lone representative seat which many believe will narrow Rep. Yealue’s chances of re-election.
“If they put us on the stage to debate, I will defeat them flat out because those candidates are not my match. They don’t know jargons or English to speak in the Legislature except for me,” he said.
Over 50 lawmakers recently met in Ganta to reconcile their disagreements and disputes which sprouted in June and ended in October with the removal of House Speaker Alex Tyler.